Gosh, sorry it's been ages since I've posted... once you lose the thread it's really hard to come back in to it as I try really hard to read back and comment on everyone's posts but due to honeymoon and then a really hard period at work I've felt completely unable to have time and energy to read back through and see how you're all doing.
So just popping in to say hi and hope you are all training and competing well (sure you will be you obsessed nutters ;o) ). work has calmed down a bit so I feel able to breathe and actually look on here for 2 minutes.
Am still running twice a week but have also started cycling a lot which seems to be helping with the running and am not getting injured... yet... got a half in Exeter at the end of oct but otherwise ticking over..
Hi all, short post as have been away in Cornwall for a week hence radio silence. Hope you're all well and running strong. Will read through properly and post in full a bit later.. Marathon recovery feels good did a fair bit of walking on the coast and also did a 10 mile run with 1300ft of ascent. Took it easy at 10 min+ miles but the phrase too much too soon springs to mind!
Thanks ali. No not annoyed at all. Am v chuffed. Legs are pretty sore but nowhere near as bad as my first marathon. I can actually walk down stairs (painfully of course!). Not surprised you are knackered with those 2 races so close together... Some easy running called for?
Thanks PS. Feeling ok today. Pretty sore but I can walk so all good! A 10k with beer at the end.... My kind of race!! I've entered Brighton next year and have also booked a half in October (The great west run). When is your next marathon again?
thanks canter and well done on your fab 5k time. Think I'm going to have a go at park run maybe 2 weeks on Saturday as a fitness test.
thanks Nell. Yes, Christ that wind eh! I hear you on the 3 sessions a week thing... Hmm, might be able to squeeze 4 in I suppose living your photos but way too much smiling going on. Check these out for max pain factor... http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/event.py?event=Sports/CPUK/2015/Edinburgh%20Marathon%20Festival&match=4477&name=William&new_search=1
Sorry for keeping you all waiting! 3'54... Proper report to follow later as just back home. Absolutely died on the last 10k - v bad cramping, think last 10k was about 1'08. V pleased overall as 12 min pb but will report in full tonight. Well done nell, awesome time, that wind was horrific!!
M21 down to 9'50 pace. Re-evaluating end goal. Thought process was something like if I stick on 10 min miles it will bring me in just under 3'50 M22 ouch. Didn't feel like I was out of energy but just couldn't keep going. The wind was full on from here on, gusting around 40mph I reckon. Thought right if I stop and walk for a bit, have another gel, that could sort me out. So did all that and started running again. 11 minute mile. M23-25 this is where the cramping really stopped me frequently for around 3 miles. Mainly my quads. I couldn't stretch them properly because when I pulled my leg up behind me my hamstrings spasmed every time. Cue hamstring stretching and repeated effort at quad stretches only for spasms in hamstring to happen again. Super painful, not much fun. Made the best of it but basically could run about 0.25 of a mile before having to stop and stretch. Splits were 10'49, 12'29(!) and 11'09 M26 to the end I managed to do without stopping but think this may have been down to adrenalin only! Hamstring spasmed as I went over the line and I collapsed to one side. I actually couldn't get up without the St. John's man helping me. I felt so awful I couldn't even contemplate a beer for about 2 hours! Nearly cried as well but no idea why, think I get massively overwhelmed by the whole experience as that happened at London but whilst I was running!
Overall I'm delighted with 3'54. Sub 4 was my main goal and anything else a bonus. But I do have a bit of 'what if...' Not that it sours the result in anyway. Not sure why I cramped so badly but feel I didn't drink enough. I only had 250ml of electrolyte drink on the run and say 2 swigs of water at each station. So that might be it. Think my gels were all good (had 7) and no bad tum.
I liked the event but agree that the t-shirts were really poor. Also I really did not like the relay running thing. It's a marathon and is very annoying to be overtaken by someone running a 10k!!
Also the Buses were a 1.5m walk from the race village which was also pretty annoying..
Time to relax for a bit. Will think about next goals and training improvements in a week or so. Will also be good to reflect on the 3 runs a week sch and get some feedback on that and whether I should move away from it to a new regime...
Thank you to all of you for your fantastic advice and support over the last 3 or 4 months, it's meant a lot and has been really invaluable
Having a well earned goose island ipa. Hope you all had fab running weekends